Kathleen Murphy writes:
What if some redblooded filmmaker had brought real passion and style to the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' megahit The Hunger Games? Then this hero's journey—starring a distaff warrior, for a change!—might have taken fire and captured our imaginations, signifying something beyond an industry jackpot. What we've got instead is a glossy entertainment sufficiently bland and sanitized that it will offend no one. Director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) slavishly illustrates Collins' YA novel (she co-wrote the screenplay), turning the "pages" with such singleminded rapidity it's like cinematic speed-reading. ADD auds won't mind that there's no time to get to know anybody, or watch a relationship unfold, or ride the dramatic rise and swell of a compelling narrative.
Let the games resume at http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/the-hunger-games/#Review_0